Italian multinational Ferrero aces 3-month probation at Arlon facility

BELGIUM – After no issues were discovered during the initial clearance period, Ferrero, which was recently involved in a Salmonella fiasco, has been given the go-ahead to continue with its manufacturing operations.  The company disclosed that the Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (FASFC) in Belgium has granted it final approval for manufacturing at the factory in…

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Barry Callebaut to resume operations at Salmonella-hit plant in August

BELGIUM – Starting next month, Barry Callebaut will recommence production at its Wieze Belgium factory that was recently involved in a Salmonella contamination incident. According to the company, cleaning of the chocolate lines affected by the Salmonella-positive lecithin is currently in progress. This will see the first cleaned lines restart operation in early August, with a gradual ramp-up to full…

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Barry Callebaut confirms Salmonella strain responsible for shut down

BELGIUM – Chocolate giant Barry Callebaut, has confirmed Salmonella Tennessee as the type of Salmonella behind the Wieze plant closure. The contaminated raw material came from a lecithin manufacturer in Hungary and was transported by a third party. The lecithin involved is only used at this site. On June 27, Barry Callebaut detected a Salmonella positive on a production lot…

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Barry Callebaut shuts down plant due to Salmonella contamination

BELGIUM – Production has come to a stand still at the premises of Belgian-Swiss cocoa processor and chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut, after detecting Salmonella in samples of its chocolate products. Analysis at the company’s Wieze site identified Lecithin, an ingredient used in chocolate production to reduce thickness as the source of contamination hence seized production in all the processing lines.…

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Kinder manufacturer Ferrero to reopen Belgium processing facility on probation basis

BELGIUM – Ferrero, a popular chocolate maker recently involved in an international Salmonella outbreak, has received conditional approval from the Belgian food safety agency, to resume operations at its Arlon, Belgium, plant. The Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (FASFC) suspended operations at the factory in April, which led to the recall of all products in the…

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Belgium consents new field trials for gene-edited maize

BELGIUM – The federal authorities in Belgium have granted permission to perform three new field trials with genome-edited maize to confirm that these maize plants are more resilient to climate stress and better digestible when exposed to actual field conditions. The effects of climate change have a major impact on agriculture. Crops are subjected to more prolonged periods of drought…

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Brussels to implement mandatory cold treatment for South African oranges

BELGIUM – Brussels has purposed to implement the cold treatment regulation for South African oranges before the start of the southern hemisphere export season, which is in just a few weeks. Brussels’ firmness on cold treatment and its immediate application are evident in the letter that the Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Stella Kyriakides, sent to reply to the…

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SCS seeks EFSA approval in use of mechanically recycled polystyrene as food contact material

BELGIUM – Styrenics Circular Solutions (SCS), the value chain initiative to realize the circular economy for styrenic polymers, has filed its second application for the European Union (EU) authorization of mechanically recycled polystyrene (rPS) as food contact material. SCS now has two submissions to be assessed by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Both cover the same multiple end-consumer applications,…

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